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Utah baseball: Utes complete Kansas sweep with 7-6 win

Published May 20, 2013 5:01 pm
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Utah infielder Cory Hunt hit a bases-loaded single in the 13th inning as the Ute baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Kansas with a 7-6 victory on Monday at Spring Mobile Ballpark.

The Utes (20-29) rallied from a two-run deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning before winning it in the 13th inning.

Bret Helton led off the 13th with a single through the left side and TJ Bennett reached on an error by the first baseman. Kody Davis was hit by the pitch to load the bases with one out. After Wyler Smith hit a short fly ball that held the runners on base, Hunt hit a fly ball deep to right field that just went over the leaping outfielder's head for the victory.

Luke West (4-2) earned the victory after going four innings, allowing no runs on five hits striking out three. Tanner Banks started the game, pitching five innings with five runs (four earned) on four hits, striking out two. Joe Pond threw 32⁄3 innings and had two strikeouts while Nick Green faced one batter in the ninth.

"A great comeback by our guys," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Luke and all our relievers did a great job keeping us in the game. Connor Eppard and Bret Helton had some key hits for us in the ninth and 13th innings, and we finally got the key hit to end it from Cory Hunt."

Utah was led offensively by Tyler Relf, who went 3-for-6. Helton was 2-for-6. Braden Anderson drove in two runs for the Utes.

Utah returns to Pac-12 play and closes out the season this weekend against top-10 Oregon. The two teams open a three-game series at Spring Mobile Ballpark on Friday at 6 p.m.




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